Freeholders to sponsor drug awareness program April 13

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The Camden County Freeholder Board’s Addiction Awareness Task Force and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey will host a community drug awareness program. “Right in our backyard: the drug addiction epidemic in suburbia” will feature a panel consisting of an addiction specialist, parent advocate, member of law enforcement and an individual in recovery.

“Far too many families in Camden County have lost loved ones to heroin and other drugs that are fueling our region’s current addiction crisis,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.  “We invite you to be a part of the conversation as we discuss this important issue and highlight the resources available to you or a loved one in Camden County.”

The Addiction Awareness Task Force uses numerous outreach opportunities throughout the year to increase awareness of prescription opiate and heroin abuse and addiction, and they assist in the creation of programs to help educate residents of the resources available to prevent and treat addiction.

“The Addiction Awareness Task Force is made up of students, parents, teachers, civic organizations, medical professionals, public health providers, law enforcement and religious leaders – just to name a few” Cappelli said.  “We did not limit who comprises the task force since this is an issue that touches every area of our community.”

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